Saturday’s 5:00 p.m. ET deadline to get William Nylander signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs is very rapidly approaching and has more than a few onlookers feeling quite nervous.
Head coach Mike Babcock doesn’t appear to be among that group, however.
Speaking to reporters Thursday, Babcock expressed confidence that Nylander will be in uniform with the team soon and that he’ll remain a member of the Leafs for a long time afterwards.
“We think Willy’s going to be here and we think Willy’s going to be here a long time,” said Babcock. “We think Willy’s going to be a career Leaf.”
Mike Babcock: "We think Willy's going to be here and we think Willy's going to be here a long time. We think Willy's going to be a career Leaf." — Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 29, 2018
Babcock’s comments about Nylander staying in Toronto for the rest of his career come one day after Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman opined on Tim & Sid Wednesday evening that even if the Leafs and Nylander work out a deal, this will be the Swede’s final season in the Blue and White.